Kährs Group in research collaboration for a more effective raw material utilization
Kährs Group is participating in the industrial graduate school, ProWOOD. The aim is to promote innovation and increase the competitiveness of the Swedish wood industry through a research project, in which ten PhD students will conduct research at each participating company for five years.
The cooperation between Kährs Group and ProWOOD was initiated in autumn 2017, with the aim of increasing value creation and better utilization of raw material in the manufacturing of wood flooring. By increasing the proportion of the log that actually becomes wood flooring, one achieves benefits in terms of reduced costs and more sustainable resource utilization. As part of this initiative, the PhD student Victor Grubii was recruited to the project to conduct his research in collaboration with Kährs Group. He shares his time between Kährs office in Nybro and the Linnaeus University in Växjö in his studies of how the company's processing operation can be developed to make more effective use of the raw material.
– We are proud and pleased to be part of this research together with ProWOOD and the Linnaeus University. In order to run a sustainable business, we must continuously review and develop our production processes, and we look forward to the conclusions that will be presented in the research project, said Samuel Dalén, COO, Kährs Group.
The industrial graduate school, ProWOOD, acts as an arena for development and knowledge dissemination for the wood industry, and is a joint initiative between the School of Engineering at Jönköping University, the Linnaeus University, the Knowledge Foundation and companies within the wood industry. The investment is funded by the Knowledge Foundation, participating companies and education institutions, as well as Wood Region Småland.